bobscott wrote:...The problem is that it was months, if not a year before anyone realised just what the impact was going to be in the island of Ireland...
I think plenty of people, including many in government, knew what the problem would be but couldn't talk about it. The leave idea was sold on the basis that the EU would be forced to give the UK the same access as it had as a member. If that had been true then the Irish border would not be a problem. To immediately flag up the fact that the Irish border was going to be a problem was also to admit that the original proposition was a lie, i.e. they had lied. If they ignored it for a long time then they could claim that it shouldn't have been a problem but it is all down to those nasty people in Brussels.
Basically if they had admitted to the problem on day one they could have taken action that would have mitigated the problem to the benefit of the country but would have been to their detriment because it would have exposed their lies. If they ignored it their lies would not be exposed but it would be to the detriment of the country. It's hardly surprising which choice they made.